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Manufacture Drug Delivery, Technology and Equipment

The Sperminator

When tackling the challenges of drug delivery, new tools are always welcome. And in certain special cases, nature has already solved some of the problems encountered...

“We considered sperm a potential candidate to carry drugs, especially in female reproductive tracts, because of their adapted ability to swim in,” says Mariana Medina-Sánchez leader of the Micro and Nanobiomedical Engineering Group at IFW Dresden and coauthor of the study uploaded to pre-print server arXiv (1). “Additionally, sperm have the ability to encapsulate hydrophilic drugs [...] their bodies protect the drugs from body dilution, immunoreactions, and enzyme degradation. And with their somatic cell-fusion ability and such a compact membrane system, sperm can release drugs inside cancer cells while efficiently avoiding dose dumping.”

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